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Postby monzacoupe » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:40 am

I just finished repainting my interior plastic, I think it turned out quite nice for a first time try. For anyone as dumb as me, I would highly recommend marking or labeling or even putting the screws back in their holes so you won't have to try to remember where they go two weeks later. :bang:

I cleaned all the pieces, sanded all the rough and brittle places, then cleaned again. I used a couple of coats of
SEM Vinyl Prep prior to painting. I painted with off the shelf SEM Color Coat, mostly for the price difference, they could have color matched a couple of cans for about $95, I spent about $15 per can. The color isn't an exact match but close enough for me.

Next step... tune up!


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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby ROB » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:43 am

Looks like it turned out great.

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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby res0o7eb » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:11 am

Good work. Looks like a good color match to me - better than that faded blue.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby sirrick4 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:11 am

looks pretty good to me.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby Vegavulture » Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:12 pm

it turned out really well, wasn't sure what to do with those plastic pieces, now i do.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby NVEGAR8D » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:05 am

i'll be doing the same to my interior too.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby cosworth0135 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:22 pm

guys i used satin finish Fusion from krylon with excellent results but mine went from red to black one thing i made sure to buy enough to do the whole job in the same batch, but still had really good results the satin isn't "too" shiny and lots better than flat 5 bucks a can beats 15, follow instructions on can,I usually wash real good with soap and water and rub down with brake cleaner to remove oil from fingers then shoot.Timmy
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby csigler94 » Wed May 08, 2013 7:43 am

Hey guys, I found another trick. I used Mighty sealer in one even coat, then applied Krylon Fusion and quess what? All the pieces now pass the scratch test. I'll put up some pics when I get them all installed.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby fyrftr50 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:11 am

I also did the same, repainted all my interior stuff, vinyl pieces and the plastic. Used vinyl paint from Canadian Tire and a Tremclad (or Canadian equivalent, I think it was) for the interior. I went black so no matching was necessary. The biggest thing to be aware of is to prep. Some plastic pieces I didn't do as well on at the beginning and the paint peeled right off immediately. Some of the more damaged, sun dried plastic would possibly not pass a significant scratch test though, but I don't touch it so it has held up well after 15 years now. After this long though, the vinyl is starting to lose its gloss and could stand to have a repaint, but it still looks pretty good, just not as shiny. It has been 15 years so no complaints.

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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby SOLSAKS » Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:41 am

S.E.M. is a fine product.

you did a great job.

keep up the good work.

i took mine out and it was 5 years before re-installing

and after 5 yrs the little trim peices on end of package tray

puzzled me as to where they went....but then it all came together.

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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby zzip » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:02 pm

Looks good Rick, thx for explanation and pics .
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby RedFiveKBS » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:35 am

I have also used the SEM product. If you follow their directions, clean, use the adhesion promoter, etc. it does a fantastic job.

I restored my dash pad with the SEM Firethorn. I put down five light coats but it looks like brand new.
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Also swapped in some vented kick panels too. Cleaned and painted them just like the dash.
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Great product.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby monzacoupe » Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:49 pm

Great Job!!
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby leander » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:29 am

Looks good. I'm planning to paint some interior prices in my car this weekend and will definitely use SEM product.
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Re: interior plastic repaint

Postby THE EMPIRE » Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:39 pm

looks nice i have same problem but can you take a pic after some time? is it scratproof (use of childeren)?
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